Gateshead

Deaths, Disasters & Dastardly Deeds in the North East

by Lorna Windham

Lorna Windham writes about ordinary people in North East England and their struggle to overcome adversity. Flood, fire and financial meltdown are some of the extraordinary events which echo through the centuries and resonate in the modern world.

Links to the plague, convict transportation and a French raid, may come as a surprise, but research has shown they all took place.

Infamous people also had connections with the area: the murderers of Mary Queen of Scots’ secretary, Rizzio; ‘Butcher Cumberland’ and Burke and Hare. How and why? This book provides the answers.

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Gateshead Grand Houses Revisited

Gateshead in the 19th century was a hive of commerce and industry. New enterprises were springing up everywhere. The industrialists, merchants and financiers who were behind this change, needed residences that reflected their burgeoning success. So Gateshead’s Grand Houses began.

In this new book the authors knock on the front door of these Grand Houses, then go in to meet the people who once lived in there and share their lives. With 40 colour photographs and 40 black and white illustrations.

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Glimpses of Heworth, Felling & Windy Nook

With 130 illustrations, ‘Glimpses of Heworth, Felling & Windy Nook’ features the three communities’ buildings, shops, pubs, churches and schools. Included is the history of local industry such as mining and quarrying as well as the area’s old trams, trains and buses. The author also tells the story of the tragedy of the Felling Colliery disaster of 1812 when 92 men and boys were killed. Well known local people who are featured in the book range from miners’ leaders to a millionairess and a Hollywood actor.

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Greenside Remembered

by Mike Ingoe

This high quality book is a history of the village of Greenside in Gateshead.

It has over 250 unique illustrations many never published before.

This book has 128 pages.

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Islands of England – North East and Yorkshire

By Geoffrey Berriman

This book, which is the first in a series of six about the islands of England, covers islands in the North East and Yorkshire. The author has travelled widely to visit or see and also research into the history of many different types of island; mention is therefore made of inland islands as well as coastal islands. Some former islands, which have now disappeared, are also included.

The book is well illustrated with photographs and both modern and historic maps.

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Looking Back at Whickham

The history of Whickham includes prehistoric settlers, Romans, Prince Bishops, 600 years of coal mining and associated industries, early waggonways, farmers, merchants and the MetroCentre. The parish incorporated Dunston, Swalwell, the Gibside estate, Marley Hill, Sunniside and Lobley Hill as well as Whickham village. This book presents new stories and pictures of the people and places who made this rich history. 100 illustrations.

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Memories of Felling

by Anthea Lang

Felling has a fascinating heritage and local author, Anthea Lang, brings this history to life with a unique collection of old photographs and memories. With over 130 illustrations the book recalls schooldays and childhood; pubs, cinemas and shops; working life in mines and factories; local buildings and streets; as well as days to remember and people of the community.

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Memories of Gateshead

by Kathleen Harrison

Gateshead-born Kathleen Harrison writes about her memories of being brought up in the 1950s. When the streets were full of children playing with skipping ropes, two balls, marbles and their imagination. When you went to Saltwell Park with your jam sandwiches, a bottle of water and a fishing net. When being a townie meant going on holiday to the country … Ryton Willows. And when schooldays meant a visit from ‘Nitty Nora … the dicky explorer’.

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Murder, Mystery & Mayhem in the North East

By Lorna Windham

This book is a must-read for those who love the North East and its dark past. It is full of gritty tales of villains such as Durham’s PC Paton; swashbucklers like Lancelot Errington and enigmatic characters such as John Paul Jones.

Be gripped by the story of Captain Johann Friedrich Berckholtz who was found floating in the River Wear; the unsolved murder of Herrington servant Isabella Young and the deadly duel between Lieutenant Melvil and Ensign Reynolds which took place in Newcastle.

Be intrigued by mysterious rock art; tales of the kidnapping of Stockton’s Jeremiah Moore and blood-curdling ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night in Chillingham Castle, Craster Tower or even a fort on Hadrian’s Wall.

Be fascinated by accounts of mayhem caused by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce; Shields men who escaped from the Press Gang and strikes which led to the transportation.

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North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s

Remember the days when Monday was always wash day, tin baths in front of the fire and knitted bathing suits on the beach in a new book by local author Andrew Clark.

‘North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s’ recalls life at home when the washing was done in a poss tub; the wireless was the main form of entertainment; every community had a cinema and a holiday would be a trip to the seaside.

With over 120 old photographs there are also memories of Christmas, childhood games, schooldays, rationing, local dance halls, early television and going to the match.

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North East Life in the 1970s

By Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

‘North East Life in the 1970s’ features many local events, people and stories. The music scene had artists such as Geordie, Lindisfarne, Alan Price, Bryan Ferry and Sting. On television people enjoyed Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads and When The Boat Comes In. The region’s industrial past is recalled with shipbuilding and mining as well as industrial action that led to power cuts. Flares and other 70s fashions are remembered. There were also the memorable cup runs of our football teams – Sunderland, Newcastle and Blyth Spartans.

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Pit Ponies

by Mike Kirkup

Pit ponies were a faithful companion to the men who worked in the coal mines of Northumberland and Durham. Former Ashington miner Mike Kirkup tells the story of these ponies with over 100 illustrations and many local mining memories. Also included is a brief history of the industry that once dominated the region.

Featured are stories of the training of pit ponies and the lads who worked with them; the ponies at shows and races; the dangers that men and the ponies faced; and finally the day when horse power came to an end when the last pit pony left Ellington Colliery in 1994.

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Saltwell Park – The story of the ‘People’s Park’

by Anthea Lang

Saltwell Park is loved by locals and admired by visitors and is one of Gateshead’s major attractions. This book explores its history, features, stories and people and looks at how it developed from an industrialist’s private estate to become the beautiful park it is today.

Saltwell Park is regarded as one of the finest public parks in Great Britain and the best municipal park in the North East. Grade II listed by English Heritage, it contains 12 Grade II listed buildings, chief of which is the fairytale castle which we know today as Saltwell Towers. A £10 million restoration, funded by Gateshead Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund was completed in 2005, and in the same year the park was voted Britain’s best park.

For nearly 140 years, many people in and around Gateshead have visited the park which has seen new features added (and often subsequently removed) in line with changing needs and fashions.

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The Old Pubs of Gateshead

By John Boothroyd

Local author and historian, John Boothroyd traces the story of ‘The Old Pubs of Gateshead’ and provides the reader with an informative and entertaining collection of facts and tales. Over 140 photos show the favourite old pubs of the town and take us on a tour along and around the High Street, through East and West Gateshead and then onto Low Fell, Deckham, Sheriff Hill and Wrekenton. Also featured are local brewers, pub architecture and why some pubs have such unusual names.

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